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OPINION: Rate hike could turn into rout for precarious Canadian economy

OPINION: Rate hike could turn into rout for precarious Canadian economy

You don't have to be an economist to know that rising interest rates will hurt a lot of Canadians. And you don't have to be a sociologist to know that, demographically, young families are going to be hurt the most.
OPINION: Perverse economics — low-income earners could be losers under expanded CPP

OPINION: Perverse economics — low-income earners could be losers under expanded CPP

Who would come out ahead in an expanded CPP system? The government? Likely. High earners? Definitely. Middle-income earners? Unlikely. Low-income workers may even see a reduction in overall benefits.
LENORE ZANN: N.S. runs roughshod over environment, public concerns

LENORE ZANN: N.S. runs roughshod over environment, public concerns

The story of environmental governance in Nova Scotia has largely been characterized by a lack of transparency and denial of adequate public participation. The latest example of this is the Liberals' decision to allow Lafarge Canada to burn tires for fuel at its Brookfield cement plant, without any proper public consultation — including with Millbrook First Nation whose traditional territory includes Brookfield.
JOHN DeMONT: Nothing pure about Cornwallis, nor the raising of his statue

JOHN DeMONT: Nothing pure about Cornwallis, nor the raising of his statue

The statue was erected in the inter-war years of the 20th century, at a time when Canadian nationalism, then inseparable from the British Empire of the day, was on the rise. The sentiment the statue expressed — that a good Englishman could defeat a “cruel and at the same time childlike savagery” — was pure colonial imperialism.
OPINION: Canada sits on its hands as the world votes to ban the Bomb

OPINION: Canada sits on its hands as the world votes to ban the Bomb

On June 6, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland gave a major speech declaring a new degree of Canadian independence from America. Four weeks later, Canada was nowhere to be seen as most of the world came together to insist on a future free of the threat of Armageddon.
GRANT FROST: Halting school review process yet again seems more political than practical

GRANT FROST: Halting school review process yet again seems more political than practical

You see, the thing of it is, the current system we have to review schools was the result of another government review, embarked upon by the NDP government in 2013. That review was actually the second one done by the NDP government, and ... the review process of, well, the review process, was quite extensive.
OPINION: Khadr payout deemed outrageous, but what about his cruel punishment?

OPINION: Khadr payout deemed outrageous, but what about his cruel punishment?

Clearly, the child soldier argument would support Khadr's repatriation decision, despite the fact it was strongly opposed by both Liberal and Conservative governments. Whether the subsequent Liberal apology and the $10.5-million payout in compensation for his rights violations is politically wise remains to be seen.
JOHN DeMONT: The joys of the printed book

JOHN DeMONT: The joys of the printed book

They were fresh-faced and clear-eyed, the men and women I had breakfast with at an alarmingly early hour yesterday. There were only a couple of dozen Atlantic booksellers enjoying the eggs and fresh fruit, the croissants and life-yielding coffee.
OPINION: Tear down the ‘welfare wall’ for persons with disabilities

OPINION: Tear down the ‘welfare wall’ for persons with disabilities

Ottawa could assume responsibility for income security for persons with disabilities, whether they are working or not. A new disability income benefit could be modelled on the Guaranteed Income Supplement, which could help dramatically reduce the poverty rate for persons with disabilities as it did for seniors.
COMMENTARY: Canada Day and the Proud Boys both need to go

COMMENTARY: Canada Day and the Proud Boys both need to go

‘I am comfortable saying that it’s our failing if the Proud Boys’ hatefulness catches us off guard. If it does, we are guilty of ignoring the ugliest parts of our society. We are silly to assume inclusivity and acceptance of diversity are somehow inherently Canadian. They are not.’